Rev. Stacey Rushing


Stacey grew up in Tucker, GA where she attended Tucker First UMC as a youth and graduated from Tucker High School. She went on to earn degrees from Birmingham-Southern College (BA in Religion) and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University (Master of Divinity). In 2013, she was ordained as an elder in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church and appointed to serve University Heights UMC. Prior to being appointed to University Heights UMC, Stacey worked in publications at the Society of Biblical Literature and was an associate Pastor at Johns Creek UMC.

Stacey's passions in ministry include ministry in the context of community, missions and engaging new people in the life of faith.

Stacey shares her love for the church and call to ministry with her husband Dalton who is the pastor of North Decatur United Methodist Church. They have two wonderful daughters, Emmaline (4) and Annie (1), who are a constant source of laughter and life lessons.


Calissa Dauterman

Minister of Spiritual Formation and Growth

Calissa Dauterman is passionate about creating opportunities for children and adults to grow in faith. Her interests and experience in liturgy, church music, and spiritual formation inform her mission of helping people to find meaningful ways to encounter God at all phases of life. 


Prior to moving to Georgia, Calissa served as the Director of Communication Ministries and Coordinator of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at First United Methodist Church in Melrose, MA. A graduate of the Boston University School of Theology, she holds a Master of Divinity degree and was the 2014 recipient of the Hoyt L. Hickman Award for Excellence in Liturgical Studies.  She is currently a certified candidate for ordained ministry in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church.


Michael Dauterman

Minister of Music and Worship Arts

Michael Dauterman is a talented church musician and educator with a call to cultivate passionate congregational singing, strong choral leadership, and worship experiences that move people to go out to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world.

Michael has previously served as Director of Music Ministries at Holy Trinity Parish in Decatur, Georgia, and First United Methodist Church in Melrose, Massachusetts. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music and his Master of Sacred of Music degree from Boston University. Michael is also a professional singer, keyboardist, and educator and has performed with a number of professional ensembles in Cincinnati, Boston, and Atlanta. In addition to his experience as a church musician, Michael is the  choral educator at Riverwood International Charter School in Fulton County.

Michael is married to Calissa Dauterman, the Minister of Spiritual Formation and Growth at Grace, and together they are parents to their daughter, Nora Jane, and their dog, Goliath.


rev. candi dugas, d.min.

Office Manager

A native of Atlanta (mostly Decatur), candi has served churches and other non-profits in a variety of roles in administration and operations for the past 15 years, including Impact Church, Ben Hill UMC and the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Center for Working Families, Inc. She is also an award-winning writer and graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary (D.Min.), Gammon/ITC (M.Div.) and the University of Florida (B.S.) – GO GATORS!!! Passionate about faith, freedom and justice, she is also an ordained clergyperson with the Church Within A Church Movement. candi has an adult daughter, Jordan, and loves hanging out with family and friends, dancing and trying new things.


Nora Harris

Financial Assistant

Nora grew up in Roswell, Georgia. She attended Emory University and graduated with Bachelors of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Accounting. She is a licensed CPA. Nora also works part time in the Finance Department of Oak Grove UMC. Nora, her husband, Jay, and their two sons live in the Oak Grove community and are members of Oak Grove United Methodist Church. In her spare time Nora enjoys playing golf with her family, gardening and reading.